The number of teenage pregnancies, unwanted pregnancies, and the spread of STDs, is on a steady increase. However, the repercussions are often more visible on girls in terms of early pregnancies, school dropout, and other health risks. It is in this light that the Integrated Health Organization (IHO) seeks to “inspire better health”, through which it helps inspire hope and well being of individuals. Contraceptives are used in preventing unplanned pregnancies, STDs and for family planning. This can be done with the use of drugs (pills), sterilization of male and females reproductive organs, or barrier methods. All those at the reproductive age, males and females are capable of using contraceptives. Methods of contraception include natural methods, artificial methods, cervical methods and the calendar methods. Unfortunately, the decision either to or not to use contraceptives is mostly influenced by men even though the non-use of contraceptives affects more women than men. When contraceptives are used, birth can be planned and the rate of STDs reduced. above all, there will be a significant drop in the number of teen-mothers.

at the conference hall of the American Corner in the University of Buea.

participants after the workshop.


  1. I think most women think that the women are those who make th ed men feel like the have the last say on contraceptive. As mostly only men think of wearing the condoms it’s like a gender division of labour

    1. haahahhahhhahahaha you said it all. and when the man says i do not want a condom, it is the final say. there by leaving the girl exposed.

    1. so true. but can we justify high teenage pregnancies with low sensitization? remember these things are thought in schools even. teenagers want to experiment. and the little girls are very often coerced

  2. Wow ! This is really encouraging but most of us Africans are not really much aware of the various artificial contraceptives especially by name and we are also shy to take them. You will even notice that one is shy to buy it and you are always like, “me? Going to buy this thing? What will this nurse think of me”

    1. hahhahhaah it sounds funny but it is an observed fact. thanks so much for raising these factors. but come to think of this. do you risk your health and future because of a hundred francs? time has come we have to put at side all these conceptions and become very objective in our thoughts. you have the right to your sexuality and no one has to derail you.

  3. It’s indeed a great initiative. I think the effects of contraceptives is more detrimental to girls/women in a long run, not Withstanding will strongly suggest that, the natural method be used more often since it’s less detrimental and to an extent more practical .

    1. you are right dear. but the problem is this. very often, we have preached abstinence, but on the contrary, the number of teenagers geting pregnant are too many. it is to that effect that i propose the use of contraceptives. remember that condoms are the lone contraceptive you may use without consulting a medical personnel. with the rest, you will need serious caution from your medical doctor, and follow instructions keenly. besides that, they are very affordable.

  4. Beautiful point raised. My thought is a younger generation should be “preached” to in terms of the use of contraceptives and the parents too should be able to educate their kids in that light because even as mentioned that men push contraceptives away, others fear carrying it for the “taboo” of being seen with one.
    So I think if they are educated on abstinence by parents and co, contraceptives should not be lacking in that talk.

  5. I am very impressed with this marvelous piece of work. I have a very serious point to contribute which is “dialogue should be a point of consideration between the girl child and her parents especially mothers” despite the fact that our society is porous too I think dialogue groups too should be created to contineusly educate young girls to use more contraceptives. Thanks.

  6. interesting,

    keep educating and encouraging us on all these.
    reminders are never enough But keeps the bells jingling..

    many thanks.

  7. Wow,what a great initiative. Youths really need such educative talk on contraceptive methods to help them understand the different methods that can reduce unwanted pregnancies, because some of them are unaware and see them as taboos.

  8. wow! interesting.
    sure contraceptives can greatly reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy and also fight against STDs in the society. but i doubt if it would be effective in rural communities where the use of contraceptives is like a taboo.

    great work!

    1. thanks a million. i wish we could be crusaders of this vision. condoms which are just one of the forms of contraceptives, is just too affordable. so why not get it? i even feel at times that schools should start sharing condoms to students even if they do not request for them.

  9. Nicely said and a good vision you got there. Teenage pregnancy is really one of those societal issues which need to be looked into. Teenagers should have access and control over these contraceptives and above all awareness of STDs and its effects.

  10. I think beginning a talk on sex in an early age to both girls and boys help teach them on abstinence and good sexual practices. The limited knowledge to what the out come of that Temporal desire may lead to, is one of the reasons why most ladies ll easily practice un safe sex. Some of them come from homes where sex is not a topic for discussion even the schoos they go to at times due to some Religious believes make them grow with little or no knowledge on sex.
    More discussions need to be done on the topic with the teenage girl and boy.

  11. The vision is good and the future is clear for all of us. But teenagers are the leaders of tomorrow. we cannot let dreams die because of the lack of knowledge. so what do we do to fix it? we educate we sensitize. the time is over when contraceptives used to be a shame. we need it (contraceptives) as a preventive option to face the future. It all start with one person, one word one Marita but together we will change the world and make it a better place.

    1. you just spoke to my soul Johnny. this is exactly it. i wish all those who still keep the mentality of “i’m shy getting a condom or pills, could start changing their mindsets.

  12. used of contraceptive device by teen to prevent pregnancy is of great importance. teen girls as of now need this education. many questions comes in regarding side effect which are more dangerous than even the benefit. for exam altering hormones which as a result lead to many complications that can Cause u live a good life without ever procreating. the call for effective and genuine used of these methods are of concern as which is compatible to who and the risk of diverse effect. The prevention of pregnancy should not be priorities to the prevention of disease among others, cause our productivity is number of days u bear disease free and that build a good prosperous future for all. The idea of abstaining from Sex should be motivated upon and the used of condoms are better appreciated for the moment.

  13. Feminist concerns that must reach the hinterlands. Say it, talk about it, move along with it. Contraceptives are no longer a taboo subject. But I strongly believe that man can still do without contraceptives. It is all a matter of choices and self discipline. Continue to be the Voice.

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